New Year’s Resolutions are an integral part of our society. “What are your Resolutions?” is a common question that’s asked around this time of year. For those of you on the road to college, consider adding a few related resolutions in there.

Be Prepared.

Being prepared for every situation is a must. This goes double for the college application process. Do you have an interview as part of your major? Research and role play possible questions. Be prepared for your SATs and ACTs. Especially be prepared when you fill out the FAFSA – check out our list of what you need.

File what you need.

Staying organized during the college journey is a must. Different colleges will send different types of announcements, forms, and schedules. Use hanging file folders for each college to keep track of the different types of notices.

Keep a calendar.

If possible, get a calendar that has at least a year. Fill in all of the application and other deadlines for all of the colleges to which you’re applying, your SAT and ACT dates, any scholarship deadlines, and anything else that’s important to the process.

Be thorough on the scholarship investigation.

Scholarships are independent of any federal or state financial aid you may receive. As such, they can be much harder to find. Make it a point to be as thorough as possible in your search for scholarship money. Sites like Scholarship Owl provide an extensive national list. A more local search of associations, churches, and mid-size to large companies will sometimes reveal scholarship opportunities.

Don’t let worry keep you from doing the best job possible.

It’s easy to get caught up in the worry-wheel: “What if I don’t get in?” The best thing to do is to focus on the process. Devoting your energy to the application process instead of worry will greatly increase your chances of success.